American Desert-Ed

  • Photographer
    Daniel Skwarna
  • Prize
    1st Place / Analog / Film/Other
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Zhai Honggang The composition is traditional, but very rigorous. In the desolate environment, the portrait presents a kind of solemnity.

    Emanuele Cucuzza Interesting and sincere portraits, a disturbing side of society or better an example of failure of society which needed to be shown and told, and it's been done in the best way with discretion and high level knowledge and style.

  • Technical Info
    Hasselblad 501 CM with 80mm f2.8 Zeiss lens

Inspired by the 1930s photography of Walker Evans and Dorothy Lange, American Desert-Ed is driven by the visual legacy of the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression in rural America. Shooting with a Hassleblad in dramatic black and white, I attempt to create a modern day retelling of the down and out, mentally ill, and impoverished heading West to create a home in the harsh Sonoran Desert where they will be left alone and undisturbed after being isolated and ultimately rejected by society.

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